September 15 – October 15 celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the contributions of great Americans who descend from Central and South America, Mexico, Spain, and the Caribbean. In 2014, the United States’ Hispanics comprised 17.3% of the national population (PewResearchCenter, 2016). This growing portion of our society has impacted our nations since its early beginnings. The timing of this month is symbolic as well. While the dates may seem odd at first, a quick timeline will help to understand why September 15 – October 15 was selected.
- September 15, 1821- Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua from Spain
- September 16, 1810- Independence Day for Mexico from Spain
- September 18, 1810- Independence Day for Chile from Spain
- October 12, 2016- Dia de la Raza or Day of the Race to honor the historical figures who brought the old and new worlds together to create the modern day Hispanic race. Dia de la Raza is celebrated in place of Colombus Day in Latin American nations.
Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institute, United States Holocaust Museum, and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. You can visit the official website at http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.
Both campus libraries are celebrating as well! Stop by the Chester or Midlothian campus to find displays honoring the works American from Hispanic ancestry.
The Complete Don Quxiote by Cervantes and Davis
The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement by Jose Orduna